Apr 19, 2013 9:00am EDT
napolitano, secretary of the department of homeland security, but she will not be attending. that's the latest news. you can see members of the judiciary gathered there right now. we will still be seeing that hearing go forward. other witnesses, we expect to see, are douglas holkakin, president of the american action forum. this will be revolving around the immigration legislation that was unveiled in the senate this week, with a gang of eight, the bipartisan proposal, and you can see some of the senate members there. we will keep taking your calls until they get underway. john in michigan, on the independent line, go ahead. caller: well, i just had a question for the gentleman that left, the colonel, and i was wondering if he would speak on our or address the resources we've had for a good 150 years, where political terrorists was something that was done consistently throughout the united states, and we always have had a large source of people that could and did u their talent in the military and a great many resources throughout the country and i just wondered if he -- well, he
Apr 17, 2013 5:00pm PDT
? >> the answer, which homeland security secretary janet napolitano conceded is no. underlying the according tos used by opponents of gun safety issues is the implied position that 30,000 people are going to die each year by guns and that's the way it has to be. it's the price of freedom. and it is absolutely true that some number of horrible events is, in fact, the price of freedom. you cannot have total security without the country becoming a police state. we expose ourselves to risk by getting out of the house in the morning, getting in a car, going into a public space, through there is a bizarre and perverse mismatch in our political culture about what risks are acceptable and what are not, depending on what the implement of violence is or what the origin of the perpetrator is. so, today, the manchin/toomey background check amendment, the gun bill, the watered down compromise failed to pass the senate's agreed upon filibuster of 60. keep in mind, it got 54 votes, four more allowed than if it was an actual up or down vote. it was fill bustered. >> the gun lobby and its allies willfully lied a
Apr 19, 2013 7:00am EDT
as presented by the gang of eight. there will be a few different aspects. secretary janet napolitano from homeland security will testify before the committee. she willbay talk about border security, how to come up with a strategy for making sure we are securing our southern border there's also going to be two economists talking today. douglas holtz-eakin, former director of the congressional budget office. and another economist named peter, who is on the u.s. civil rights commission. they will testify about how illegal immigration can affect the u.s. economy. a hearing on friday. then on monday a second hearing. after that we have to see how the process unfolds. especially republicans on the judiciary committee are calling for more than the currently scheduled hearings. probably sometime in early may we will move to the markup process which is where the senators on the judiciary committee can begin offering amendments and releasing how they want to continue to shape the bill. we hope it gets passed out of committee and go to the senate floor. host: rebekah kaplan of the national journal.
Apr 16, 2013 7:00am PDT
muller, attorney general holder, secretary napolitano and homeland security adviser on the attacks in boston. we continue to mobilize and deploy all resources to protect our citizens and investigate and to respond to this attack. obviously our first thoughts this morning are with the victims, their families, and the city of boston. we know that two explosions gravely wounded dozens of americans and took the lives of others including an 8-year-old boy. this was a heinous and cowardly act. given what we now know about what took fbi is investigating it as an act of terrorism. anytime bombs are used to target civilian, it is an act of terrorism. what we don't yet know, however, is who carried out the attack or why, whether it was planned and executed by a terrorist organization, foreign or domestic, or was the act an individual. clearly we're at the beginning of our investigation. it will take time to follow every lead and determine what happened. but we will find out. we will find whoever harmed our citizens and we will bring them to justice. we also know this. the american people ref